New scholarships help to support and retain StGiles staff

Eight women working in different careers at StGiles have been awarded university scholarships by the Launceston Friendly Society Pharmacy.

The women, who work in therapy, support, rostering as well as leadership roles were all willing to self-fund their study and are grateful for the financial support.

StGiles scholarship recipients and representatives from the Launceston Friendly Society Pharmacy at a morning tea announcing the news.

StGiles chief executive Andrew Billing said 15 staff had applied for the professional development scholarships which were offered by the Launceston Friendly Society Pharmacy to encourage disability professionals to stay in Tasmania.

The scholarships relate to units at James Sturt, Deakin and Southern Cross universities. During COVID-19, the institutions offered significantly discounted fees. They are in nursing, early education, human resources, disability and inclusion.

“All applicants have significant work and life loads. Their willingness to find time in busy lives and their desire to upskill professionally speaks to their passion for our sector,” Mr Billing said.